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Fantasy Football Projections: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It seems a little odd to say this, but this may be a make or break season for Jameis Winston. The 4th year QB will have to get through a three-game suspension before kicking his season off in Week 4 and it’s possible that Tampa is growing weary of the off-field issues combined with inconsistent play on the field. Winston’s 2017 campaign looked like a regression to his rookie form for much of the season, not what you want from the third year of a 1st round pick. While he appeared to take steps back in TD and INT ratios, he did up his completion percentage to a healthy 63.8% and posted his highest yard per attempt rate at 7.9. There is hope of a rebound here and that could make Winston a cheap fantasy asset. He is only going to play in 13 games, but he could be a Top 10 QB for those games.

The Bucs backfield was beyond lacking in 2017 and gets a needed shot of excitement with the addition of versatile rookie Ronald Jones, II. Jones is a capable playmaker as both a runner and a pass catcher and is likely going to carve out a significant role for himself. Tampa may elect to give Jaquizz Rodgers or Peyton Barber some early down work and key Charles Sims into the passing game to keep from overloading Jones, but the future of this backfield lies in the rookie. Jones is a sneaky sleeper as a volume play, home run hitter and is an RB3/FLEX out of the gate. None of the other backs in Tampa should be on a roster.

Is this the year Mike Evans rewards his ever-inflated draft position?!?! Doubt it. Once again, Winston will miss the first three weeks and this offense has all the makings of a constantly shifting unit. Plus, Evans will have to deal with the emergence of young playmaker Chris Godwin. Godwin rattled off 525 yards on 34 catches as a rookie and should take a larger role on this coming season, likely limiting Evans targets to a degree and certainly impacting DeSean Jackson’s workload. Jackson is only getting older and he remains mostly a one-trick pony as a deep threat, a job that may belong to Godwin and Evans. The slot work here is in the possession of Adam Humphries who has consistently climbed the depth chart the past few seasons. Evans is a WR1/2 for fantasy with big upside as always, but don’t overpay. Godwin and Jackson are late fliers to see who takes off and Humphries is a PPR stash for depth.

Cameron Brate was not phased by the Buccaneers investment of a 1st round pick in the talent OJ Howard, as was evident in Brate’s 590 yards and 6 TD. However, Howard is simply more talented than Brate is and if he can develop as an effective blocker, Howard should steal the bulk of the work. Brate will get snaps and this has the makings of a timeshare to it capping the fantasy value of either option. Watch this battle closely and pounce if one of them gets hurt or dethroned.

2018 Projections:

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Jameis Winston QB 290 475 3550 22 15 150 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Ronald Jones RB 175 760 6 35 325 2 1
Charles Simms RB 45 175 1 30 315 1 1
Jacquizz Rodgers RB 65 245 1 10 85 0 0
Peyton Barber RB 60 230 0 5 45 0 0

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Mike Evans WR 0 0 0 75 1075 8 0
Chris Godwin WR 0 0 0 55 670 4 0
DeSean Jackson WR 0 0 0 35 415 2 0
Adam Humphries WR 0 0 0 55 545 1 0
Cameron Brate TE 0 0 0 23 260 2 0
OJ Howard TE 0 0 0 45 505 4 0

 

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